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by Paul Hiyake
February 20th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 5342

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Many thanks to Frank and Jill for hosting such a wonderful event. I feel lucky to be a part of such a great community contributing to such a worthy cause. Unfortunately I did not take any formal tasting notes (I was having too much fun talking and tasting and eating), but here are some impressions f...
by Paul Hiyake
January 27th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: DELMORE wines BD10 newbie offer
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: DELMORE wines BD10 newbie offer

The new book is a great read as well! I had as much fun reading about his adventures at Two Hands as I did about his experiences at Hirsch. I found both books to be quick, but very entertaining reads. Darren's wines don't suck either! [cheers.gif] I've had both his pinot and syrah and they're terrif...
by Paul Hiyake
January 26th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 2248

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Eric,

Quick question - how does the zin line up against the primitivo you poured at Falltacular last year?

Thanks and cheers!
Paul
by Paul Hiyake
November 27th, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6713

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Thanks for arranging the hotel again Mike! All booked and ready to go - is it February yet?
by Paul Hiyake
November 22nd, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6555

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2002 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Gold Coast Vineyard with Thanksgiving lunch, - cranberries, earth and funk on the nose and palate. I remember this wine having a great floral quality to the nose and pure bright fruit on the palate in its youth - while it is still a nice drink with the turkey and fixings, i...
by Paul Hiyake
November 21st, 2018, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6555

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2010 Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard - similar flavor profile to the Grochau PN from last night - nose of black cherry, cola and earth, on the palate tart cranberries, mineral and a tarry note. Light to medium bodied, with nice acidity and just a slight bitter note on the finish.
by Paul Hiyake
November 20th, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6555

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2008 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvee des Amis - earthy cherries on the nose, same flavors follows through on the palate with a little bit of funk, little bitter streak on the finish detracts a bit when tasting the wine on its own, but worked nicely with a grilled pork loin for dinner.
by Paul Hiyake
November 18th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6555

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2011 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sun Chase Vineyard - on first taste, this was all about bright red fruit, with a slight tea note on the finish. Lighter bodied but with lots of flavor, this just glides down the palate. With a little air, the fruit turns a little dark (maybe a little more black che...
by Paul Hiyake
November 18th, 2018, 4:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6713

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Check is in the mail! Looking forward to another great event!
by Paul Hiyake
November 16th, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6555

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Paul, genius. I was just signing in to refresh the thread to remind everyone that the challenge begins today. Thanks for kicking it off. You know, funny enough, this reminds me of the inverse of 'last man standing', which is the funny moment we recognize every year to the last person who leaves Fal...
by Paul Hiyake
November 16th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6555

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Well it looks like I'll get this rolling... 2017 Delmore Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir - initial release from Darren Delmore (who I've had the pleasure of raising a glass with at Frank's Falltacular event the past few years). Bright nose of tart raspberries, with a little hint of earth hiding in the bac...
by Paul Hiyake
November 2nd, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage
Replies: 16
Views: 838

TN: 2007 Virage

I had coravin'ed a couple of glasses a couple of weeks ago, and at that time, I was a bit surprised that it was still a bit tight and restrained. Tonight I cracked open the bottle to drink up, a little worried that my experience with Coravin is that wines tend to start to fall apart a bit after a co...
by Paul Hiyake
October 9th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 0
Views: 237

Sold

Sold - thanks for looking
by Paul Hiyake
August 13th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike After Tour--Thoughts on Cali 18 + Top 20 winery wines, top 25 overall (looong)
Replies: 30
Views: 2256

Re: Mike After Tour--Thoughts on Cali 18 + Top 20 winery wines, top 25 overall (looong)

Mike - Thanks for not only this awesome post but also your individually daily reports. You spend a lot of time and effort writing such prodigious notes, and it is great to taste vicariously through them! However, it was even better getting to visit with you twice on this trip -and look forward to se...
by Paul Hiyake
July 28th, 2018, 12:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour, July 21 (last day), Clos du Val and the Judgment of Altadena
Replies: 4
Views: 353

TNs--Mike on Tour, July 21 (last day), Clos du Val and the Judgment of Altadena

Mike, It was great being able to visit you twice on this edition of "Mike on Tour"! Both the dinner at Marino's and the whole evening in Altadena were a lot of fun, Thanks for posting the tasting notes - especially since I got caught up in the camaraderie and conversations and the cab/bordeaux fligh...
by Paul Hiyake
July 6th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--California 2018--July 7 L.A. Lunch and/or Dinner
Replies: 8
Views: 741

Mike on Tour--California 2018--July 7 L.A. Lunch and/or Dinner

Scott -

I sent you a PM

Hope to see you tomorrow night!

Cheers!
Paul
by Paul Hiyake
March 16th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Attending Family Winemakers of CA Tasting in Pasadena, CA?
Replies: 7
Views: 495

Attending Family Winemakers of CA Tasting in Pasadena, CA?

I'll be attending - probably be hanging around the Tablas Creek table with a plastic spit cup in hand...
by Paul Hiyake
February 20th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018
Replies: 63
Views: 3658

TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018

Frank - Thanks to Jill and you and congratulation on hosting another great event! Great wine, wonderful cause, and even better fellowship with such a terrific group of people - my friends from Detroit were already making plans to come back again next year. My Friday night highlight was the sip of th...
by Paul Hiyake
December 1st, 2017, 3:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular BYOB Friday Night Kick-off Dinner--2/16/18 @ 6PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1294

Falltacular BYOB Friday Night Kick-off Dinner--2/16/18 @ 6PM

Frank - can I RSVP for 7
- me
- Robert Berry
- Rob and Beth Bastuba
- Brandon Bastuba and Sandy Falk
- Megan Bastuba

Thanks!
Paul
by Paul Hiyake
November 26th, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4577

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

with Thanksgiving leftovers last night... 2006 Benovia Savoy Pinot Noir - very bright red fruit on the nose. Juicy cherries and pomegranites on the palate, with some nice minerality to create some interest. 2008 Anthill Farms Comptche Ridge Pinot Noir - darker, more brooding on the nose than the Ben...
by Paul Hiyake
November 25th, 2017, 12:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4577

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2005 Inman Family OGV Pinot Noir - opened last night for Thanksgiving dinner. This started out quite reticent, with a whiff of black cherries and little earth. On the palate, this was very light bodied to start (almost "watery"), with more black cherries and a little bitter tea note. This did flesh...
by Paul Hiyake
November 22nd, 2017, 9:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2018--Saturday, 2/17/2018 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 86
Views: 5341

MAIL YOUR CHECKS, PLZ!....Falltacular 2018--Saturday, 2/17/2018 @ My Place In The OC

Check is in the mail...looking forward to another great event!
by Paul Hiyake
November 22nd, 2017, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4577

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

I wanna play... 2005 Arcadian Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - murky brick red color in the glass. On the nose, a cross of red and black cherries with some spice and a hint of tea. On the palate, very elegant, with the same cross of red and black cherries continues with a nice mineral streak and a...

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